Is Your Lawn Ready for Spring?

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Homeowners looking for Spring lawn care tips have come to the right place. Summertime is one of the most difficult times of the year for our lawns. Spring’s lush, green grass has gone and been replaced by dry, half-dead lawns. So how do you make the most of your lawn and help it make it through the summer before the Spring months?

Here are five lawn care tips to help you do just that:

Avoid the urge to cut the grass too short. When you are approaching summer but still putting up with the rainy season, it can be very tempting to cut that grass as short as possible. After all, the rain makes it seem to grow a foot in two days! But as summer approaches, make sure that you adjust the height of your mower blades. They should leave your lawn at least three inches tall or maybe even taller than that. Lawns that are kept at taller heights can grow their roots more deeply than those that are kept exceptionally short. Consequently, lawns that are not cut as short will dry out more slowly because their roots are longer and give them access to water that is further and further under the ground.

 Be consistent with your lawn care practices. One issue some homeowners have is the fact that they wait until their lawns have died off and then start watering them so that they will turn green again. This simply creates too much activity for your grass. If you want it to stay green and lush all year long, then make sure that you are committed to watering it as much as it needs to be. Of course it may be nearly impossible to keep your lawn green, and if so, you just need to accept this and let the lawn go dormant until a more favorable season rolls around.

 Don’t forget that your lawn still needs water, even if you have allowed it to go dormant. Water the lawn early in the day and let it soak down deep into your soil. Dormant lawns only need about a half inch of water every two or three weeks to keep them alive. If you keep up your watering rates like this over the summer, you should see instant renewal when the fall rolls around.

 Keep certain lawn care practices to the end of the summer. Weed killers are best used between late August and early September. Also, tasks like thatching, seeding and fertilizing should be saved for this same time frame.

 Try to keep the traffic on your lawn to a minimum during the summer months. These are the times when your grass needs a break, and any traffic on it is going to make it that much more difficult for it to recover when the fall finally rolls around.

Even when your lawn is lying dormant, you still need to take proper care of it, and by following the above tips, you are sure to be one of the first homeowners with a nicely trimmed lawn when fall does arrive. Just focus on the basics over the summer and let your lawn get the rest that it needs.

Is your yard ready for Santa?

40282427 - a colonial house with a lot of christmas lightsWhen it comes to preparing your yard for the upcoming holiday season, would Santa say you’ve been naughty…or nice?
If you’ve been naughty, don’t despair–

It’s never too late to get your lawn back into healthy, vibrant shape for winter, and Superior Sod & Garden can show you how. They can help put the “Hoe Hoe Hoe” back into your dreary yard, just in time for the Season!
Whether it’s the end of summer blues, or the general busyness of our lives, it is typical to find ourselves preoccupied with fall activities that distract us from lawn care. School, work, preparation for winter festivities are yearly events that can wreak havoc on normal gardening routines.
Lawns that were a “fright ” at Halloween, now need serious attention for the festive months to come. But at Superior Sod & Garden, there is no lawn too “monstrous” for our expert services, and it’s never too late in the year to get the eye catching lawn you desire.The mild climate here lends to year round renovation possibilities for damaged or unhealthy grasses. Sod is always a popular remedy for many who need an established lawn in a hurry…Empire Zoysia is a wonderful choice–both hardy and gorgeous!
If you’ve been “Nice”….
Already have an established and manicured demesne? Then it’s a perfect time to winterize trees and shrubs with our premium Long Leaf Pine Straw. Our Long Leaf Pine Straw comes from a local supplier, so we can guarantee its freshness!
We order 250-300 bales every 3-4 days, which means you are guaranteed the best Long Leaf Pine Straw around! Long Leaf Pine Straw at the big box stores turns brown as a natural decaying process. Ours is naturally red and healthy, and offers a great insulation against coming winter cold.
And, don’t forget bulbs–not the ones on your Christmas tree, but the ones in the ground. A nice mulch of Long Leaf Pine Straw keeps them cozy till spring! Long Leaf Pine Straw also benefits by enhancing otherwise dormant areas of color with a beautiful red hue which creates splendid eye appeal to your property.
So, whether you need quick lawn repair, or winter protection for existing greenery, Superior Sod & Garden should be on your Santa’s list of shopping destinations. The folks there will work as hard as elves to help you attain the yard you desire….whether you’ve been naughty or nice!
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Ways to Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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Whether or not you are selling your home or just maintaining a household, curb appeal is important. Curb appeal is a phrase used to describe a positive looking yard, home, and generally “walking up” area.

The main advice is plant some bright flowers, paint the shutters, and repave that walkway. There are some additional actions that we can take, however, to ensure the beautiful longevity of curb appeal that go deeper than the surface.

Red Pine Straw

Pine Straw is used most commonly in colder environments because of its effectiveness in keeping root systems much warmer than your average mulch. It also prevents most varieties of weeds.

The acidic level of pine straw is what makes it so perfect for most gardening and yard situations. It matches that of rain water to keep plants thriving. It doesn’t blow away in the wind (especially if the needles are long) and can be applied at different depths for different sized plants.

The practical applications of pine straw are clear, but what does this plant loving mulch have to with curb appeal?

Most pine straw is used to enrich soil and has a deep brown color but is not often considered decorative. “Slash” pine is short and plentiful, but there is a more beautiful pine straw that can change the way your yard looks and feels.

Long Leaf Pine is a little longer than your average “slash” and is much more red in color. It is not bright red like a red colored mulch, but has a gorgeous red-brown color that its shorter counterpart does not.

Sod

The grass is the pride of any yard and is often the first thing people see about your property. There is no way to get around happy, healthy grass when it comes to curb appeal.

If you are not familiar with sod, it is the grass meets ground solution for a yard that needs a little help. It can take a complete disaster of a yard, or just a place that needs a little help, and give it a fresh start.

Fertilizing

Whether or not the grass starts out as sod, fertilization is very important for the health of the lawn. A good looking yard starts with happy healthy grass that is well fed. Late in the Spring you should make your first round of fertilizer and then another in the late summer.

The care of the yard as a whole is very important. The entire property sits on the foundation that your lawn provides. While it may seem tedious, every step you take toward a better looking lawn makes all the difference.

When working towards improving curb appeal, it is important to remember that beauty goes deeper than the surface.

Fall Topsoil and Sod Installation Projects

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If you’re like many gardeners, you’ve been trying to wrestle down the overgrowth of the last hothouse months. Tangled vines may be strangling your late-flowering crepe myrtle. The Sweet William ground cover, which you intended to contain, may have run over your entire yard!

As you yank at dead branches and pull out stubborn weeds, you may finally find a clearing for fresh planting. One catch: the dirt at your feet looks like unwelcoming clay.

Rich Topsoil for Planting Bulbs

Have you always wanted an entire field filled with daffodils and tulips? Do you love the blanket effect of densely planted flowers? Once you clear a sizable space, you can plant bulbs to your heart’s content!

Here are some of the advantages of purchasing topsoil for your garden now:

  • You will help protect and nourish bulbs, so they can take root quickly.
  • You can save a bundle on large quantities needed for massive projects.
  • You will get a jump on the springtime by taking steps to prepare a season ahead.

Plenty of Time for Sod Installation

After you’ve yanked at unruly weeds, you may have torn up more grass than intended. When you step back and survey the damage, do you find yourself searching for an immediate remedy? We have a simple solution: sod installation!

Now that you’ve done the hard work of clearing space in your yard, you have plenty of time for sod installation. Many homeowners complete this project through October. You can even install sod in the winter.

For dormant sod installation without any green leaf tissue, one important point is to keep the sod pad moist. Our rainfalls will help during this phase, so that’s a reason to rethink gray days when you can’t go outside and sink your hands in the earth.

Contact Us About Topsoil and Sod Installation

Would you like to schedule delivery of bulk topsoil for large bulb-planting projects? Do you have questions about sod installation during the fall and winter? Contact us!

Save Money on Premium Topsoil

During the fall, you may want to tackle some outdoor home-improvement projects before the winter takes hold. Maybe you need to create a level path up your steep front lawn, so an elderly relative has wheelchair access to your home. For years, you may have wanted to install a shed for all of your gardening tools and supplies and decided that the time has finally arrived.

The good news is that you are finally taking care of overdue projects. However, as you dig up your landscape to accommodate these new elements, you may need to fill in and level off areas with topsoil. If you take care of this step now, you will have a jump-start on the next planting season!

Popular Topsoil Blend

At Superior Sod and Garden Supplies, we love to share titles and applaud partners who produce outstanding products. Without a doubt, we think that the highest-quality topsoil is the one that we carry exclusively from Parker Bark. If Big Al is the “Father of Sod” with 40 years of experience, then Mr. Parker is a good match as the “Father of Topsoil” who has continually created premium products for more than 25 years on 50 acres.

Magic Blend

The Parker Bark Topsoil is a perfect blend because of the following:

  • Certified compost mix including 15% turkey compost as well as a finely screened combination of black dirt and sand
  • Product is heated to make his topsoil WEED-SEED-FREE!!
  • Blend drains well with the inclusion of sand
  • Organic matter providing the ideal amount of moisture and nutrient retention

Additional Projects to Plan

After you finish your outdoor home-improvement projects, you can also start to prepare for others. Most gardeners need to do the reverse countdown back to spring and stay busy in the interim. Here are a few other projects requiring topsoil, and you can start to lay the groundwork now:

  • New lawns
  • Garden beds
  • Additional trees

Stop by or Schedule a Delivery

If you enjoy scooping up your own topsoil, you can fill your own buckets, or we can load your pickup or trailer with any amount needed. Remember, you can save a bundle when you buy in bulk. Think about all of your projects, and take advantage of large quantities of high-quality topsoil to enrich your landscape now.

To schedule a delivery of topsoil, contact us today!

Reddish Long Leaf Pine Straw: Low-Cost Mulch for Fall

Most gardeners are planners. We need to schedule projects and maintain order as the seasons change. If you’ve noticed the shorter days and slipping temperatures at night, you can feel the transition into fall.

As you shift with the season, you’ve probably started to think about protecting your bulbs. If you’ve doubled up on your planting efforts for a spectacular show next spring, you definitely want to ensure a good return. What’s an easy and decorative way to create a warm blanket of insulation during the upcoming months?

In a word: mulch!

Colorful Autumn Mulch

Although two kinds of pine straw are sold in Wilmington, N.C., we carry reddish pine straw. Instead of brown “slash” pine straw with shorter needles, we like the long needles, which range from 7 to 9 inches. Our responsive supplier provides same-day deliveries, so you know the bales are fresh!

In addition, we have a sheltered area at Superior Sod & Garden Supplies, where the pine straw stays completely dry during bad weather. As you start to spread mulch around your garden, you can depend on us to keep you fully supplied. To provide the best protection, you can use a generous hand because pine straw is one of the most affordable mulch options.

Advantages of Pine Straw

Along with lower cost, here are some of the other benefits of pine straw:

  • Protects the ground from wind, rain and snow
  • Adds nutrients to fortify soil and plants
  • Provides a natural and easy-to-spread material
  • Offers a material that generally remains in place
  • Blocks weed growth and stubborn roots

Place Your Orders for Pine Straw Now!

Would you like to add a splash of color and thick layer of affordable mulch as the seasons change? Place your order for pine straw now. Contact us at Superior Sod & Garden Supplies today!

Best Time to Re-Sod Your Yard

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Have you been sitting out on your porch, feeling forlorn about your heat-scorched grass? Around this point in the gardening season, do you feel stuck about how to proceed? If you are wondering if you can remedy the problem and re-sod during the intense heat, the answer is: Yes!

Benefits of Plan to Re-Sod Now

Some homeowners may think that we are in a no-planting zone because of the intense heat. With 40 years of experience, the experts at Superior Sod & Gardening Supplies can produce outstanding results anytime during the year! If you are disappointed because your entire garden has literally gone to seed, now would be a perfect time for new grass installation.

Here are some of the advantages of planting sod immediately:

  • Extend the season for your enjoyment outdoors
  • Property enhancement for activities during the upcoming months
  • Easy way to create positive surroundings for family, neighbors and visitors

Tips for Successful Sod Installation

At Superior Sod and Gardening Supplies, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure a successful sod installation at any point during the year. One important key is proper preparation, which our team will ensure. We often recommend Zoysia grasses, which are easy to take care of and resist brown patch.

Big Al made this choice for his own yard, which delivered great results after installation during the winter. By spring, the grass had knitted together completely. At any time of the year, making a quality choice is the key!

Watch Our Video, and Contact Us With Any Questions

Have you been wondering when to plan a new sod installation? Are you searching for a way to ensure a problem-free and pleasant experience? For more tips, watch our video: When is the best time to renovate my yard?

If you still have questions, contact us!

Simple Reason for Growth: TRUST!

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Growing grass and planting palm trees require acts of faith. You put the necessary elements in place and hope that a good watering will deliver healthy growth. With quality products and expert guidance, your investment will literally multiple!

Decades of Hands-On Experience

At Superior Sod, we want to share nearly 50 years of knowledge. Customers know that they can depend on us because of our hands-on experience with right type of sod for our region. In particular, they rely on our expertise in:

  • Production
  • Harvesting
  • Distribution

In addition, they know that we are experts who have personally grown, studied and distributed high-quality turfs.

Respected Connections and Credentials

Our long history with satisfied customers has also grown over the years. We have gained their respect because of our strong connections with:

  • Three major agricultural university systems
  • Local arboretums
  • Extension services

With a 4-year bachelor of science degree in turf and soil sciences, we have worked hard to earn the title of “lawn renovation specialists.”

Large Projects, Awards and Testimonials

Our work generally speaks for itself, showing that we can handle all types of projects. Some of the large ones involving truckloads of sod have included:

  • A major university football stadium
  • Several parks
  • 18-hole golf courses

For the past seven years, the Arboretum in Wilmington, N.C., has honored us with the “BEST IN EDUCATION” Award. We also take pride in your testimonials including:

  • Quality customer service
  • Helpful and entertaining assistance
  • Fair prices for quality products
  • Early-morning telephone help
  • Educational information

Contact Us for Further Growth

At Superior Sod, we genuinely want our customers to have the best results. For us, healthy grass is a way of spreading prosperity throughout our community. Lush greenery is a symbol of vitality around every corner in our region.

For further growth, contact Superior Sod & Garden Supplies today!

More Tips on Insect Control in Your Yard

Typical symptoms of chinch bugs. The area affected will often look like grass affected by drought.

Typical symptoms of chinch bugs. The area affected will often look like grass affected by drought.

Although most of us prefer to live in harmony with nature, sometimes we need a strong line of defense. After hours of hard work in your yard, insects can threaten to take over and damage your turf. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the creatures threatening to destroy your grass.

Numerous Insects Presenting a Threat in Our Area

Besides the residents of Wilmington, N.C., many different types of insects have decided to claim our region as their home. We’ve already alerted you about fall army worms. Here are some other insects working away at your grass:

  • Mole crickets
  • Chinch bugs
  • Spittle bugs
  • Ground pearls
  • Cutworms
  • Sod web worms
  • Leaf hoppers

Steps to Treat Damaged Grass

If your once beautifully manicured lawn is looking under the weather, insect damage may be the cause. In these cases, you’ll probably notice signs of weakness including yellow blotches. To offer first aid, here are the steps to take:

  • Identify the correct insect species
  • Select the appropriate insecticide
  • Treat your lawn immediately

Some of the insecticides for treating insect-damaged grass include:

  • Diazinon
  • Sevin
  • Merit

If you apply Talstar several times, you’ll have a good chance of getting mole crickets under control. Be sure to follow the instructions for the best results.

Reliable Information From the “Sod Father”

Are you confused about how to treat insects and protect your lawn? The “Sod Father” can help. Customers at Superior Sod & Garden Supplies turn to us for answers because of our extensive experience with turf production (see pictures).

Owner Don Curtis graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor of science degree in:

  • Turf grasses
  • Specialty crops
  • Soils

In addition, he has firsthand experience growing and caring for sod properly.

Contact Us With More Questions About Protecting Your Lawn

Do you have more questions about getting insects under control? Would you like to learn about the best ways to treat damaged grass? Contact Superior Sod & Garden Supplies today!

The Fall Army Worm – BE WATCHING!!

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The Fall Army Worm is a serious threat to turf grasses, especially, during the months of July, August, and September. This problematic insect while in their moth-like adult stage tends to search out Bermudagrass, as it migrates northward from Florida and the Gulf States. Please note that that does not mean that other turf grasses won’t be effected. By June these moths begin to arrive in North Carolina with each female moth laying up to 1,000 eggs in masses of 50 or more.
 
The larval stage of a Fall Army Worm grows up to 1.5 inches long and greenish with blackish stripes along each side and down the center of it’s back. It also has a very distinct inverted “Y” on its head. Each larval generation feed in mass for two to three weeks and feed nocturnally. They leave large circular to irregular whitish patches, where the leaves have been skeletonized and chewed down into the crown region of each turf grass plant. 
 
Understanding the Fall Army Worm’s life cycle is important in order to apply the appropriate control when the insect is most vulnerable. During the larval stage of the Fall Army Worm is the most effective and vulnerable time to have maximum control. The use of a contact – type Insecticide like Telstar can be used if the infestation is low, but a Systemic Insecticide – Aceletryn – has the most effective control of 60 to 90 days.
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It is important that every effort is made to observe and identify the Fall Army Worm Moth that flys in during the month of June. During the months of July through September it is critical that a vigilant eye has a watch on the development of this larval stage, and treat immediately. And, know that other mass generations will probably be occurring soon thereafter. Treatment of a broader area of turf grass (such as a turf farm field, golf courses, athletic fields, or even entire neighborhoods) needs to be with a Systemic Insecticide.
 
A reputable turf farm would never be carrying the eggs or larvae of an Army Worm. The loss of a field due to an Army Worm infestation would be a disastrous loss. It is far less expensive to pre-treat their fields. All of the Turf Farms that we are associated with are Professional, and actually pre-treat their fields preventing any Army Worm egg from surviving.
For more information or assistance with a Army Worm problem, contact us today!